Big Machine by Victor LaValle

Big Machine

Victor LaValle

370 pages first pub 2009 (editions)

fiction contemporary fantasy horror dark mysterious medium-paced


Ricky Rice is a middling hustler with a lingering junk habit, a bum knee, and a haunted mind. A survivor of a suicide cult, he scrapes by as a porter at a bus depot in Utica, New York, until one day a mysterious letter arrives, summoning him to en...

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Community Reviews Summary of 359 reviews


dark 78%
adventurous 60%
mysterious 56%
challenging 43%
reflective 43%
tense 39%
emotional 30%
funny 30%
sad 26%
hopeful 21%
inspiring 13%
informative 8%


medium 65%
slow 30%
fast 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 92% | Character: 7%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 44% | It's complicated: 33% | No: 22%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 89% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 5%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 22%

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